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my mind was reeling and i'm thinking i got to find a bathroom. i just wanted to rinse my mouth out. >> democratic senator al franken facing sexual harassment allegations and the president now weighing in. bound to raise questions about allegations of his own past. >> roy moore suffering a hit in the polls after eight women come forward with allegations against him. the white house now responding even as the president on this subject stays silent. >> with all due respect i get sick and tired of the -- >> regular order.
order. >> and a shouting match in the senate as lawmakers battle it out over tax reform. boy, is there a fight ahead. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> usually when the house passes once in h a generation tax reform that would be the top story, but yesterday was just mayhem on the news front. it is friday november 17, it is 4:00 in the east. both political parties in damage control mode this morning dealing with sexual harassment turmoil. a parade of democrats joining forces for a full ethics investigation. al franken admitted to kissing and groping a woman. >> a woman says when they were performing franken wrote a skit where he kissed her. she spoke out last night.
>> he just mashes his mouth to my lips and you know, like wet and he putting his tongue in my mouth and my reaction, it was just sort of a -- i pushed his chest away with my hands and i'm like if you ever do that to me again -- i was so angry. i was in disbelief, really, and i just sort of -- my -- to this day i talk about it and my hand clenches into a first because i think my initial reaction was that i wanted to hit him. >> franken later poesed to this photo where he seems to grope tweeden while she sleeps. >> franken releasing two statements, first a brief apology. then the first thing i want to do is apologize to everyone who worked for him and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. i respect women. i don't respect men who don't and the fact that my own actions
have given people a good reason to doubt that makes me feel ashamed. lee ann tweeden accepts his apology. >> i honestly do believe limb. and i wasn't -- i wasn't waiting for an apology from him. but i gladly accept it and thank you. >> late last night, the president weighed in on twitter seeming to ignore both the roy moore allegation and the history of accusations against him. more on that in a moment but our coverage begins with cnn's manu raju on capitol hill. >> reporter: good morning. the colleagues were quick to distance themselves from franken. senators on both side of the aisle are saying they do support a senate ethics committee investigation. the question is whether does it
go from there and whether or not it reaches the point of expelling franken from the senate. something very rare that would require two thirds to support. yesterday i had a chance to ask several democratic senators if they believed it would get to the point of expulsion. >> very disappointed. i support an ethics investigation. this kind of conduct not tolerated by anyone. >> do you think this could lead to his expulsion? >> i wouldn't to prejudge anything. >> you can't shut the door on expulsi expulsion. >> the senate will take this up through procedure procedures and will work its will. don't you prejudge is and i won't either. >> could it be expelled? >> i think zblsh -- democrats are also quick to distance themselves on the financial front. members who are in tough races already are saying they're going
to donate money he gave to them to charity. but the real issue are going to be the ethics committee. whether he can sustain this if the allegations continue to mount. >> all right. thanks. late last night, the president weighed in on the franken revelations in a tweet natural. the quote the al frankenstein, where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 while she sleeps. and just think he was lecturing last week. lesley stahl? >> that was a reference to 1995 when franken joked about pitching a skit where he would drug and rape lesley stahl. >> distigespite signing off ona,
the president silent on roy moore. >> how would the president like to see that truth proven? >> look, i'm not going to get into and litigate back and forth but the president's been clear if any of these allegations are true, allegations he takes seriously and finding troubling, then he should do the right thing and step aied. >> what's the mechanism the president will be staeatisfied t they're true. >> eight women have now come forward accusing mohr ore of advances. chose claims seeming to weigh on his prospects in the race. a new poll shows doug jones beating moore by eight points but moore is vowing to stand his
grounds. here's the latest. >> reporter: christine and dave, using roy moore's own words, he says he will quit standing when you lay him in a box and put him in the ground. he said that during a very defiant news conference. he stood side by side with christian conservatives primarily from out of state. there were some 20 of them who spoke in favor of roy moore, calling everything that has come out in the press as merely lies. they said that they would not be moved, encouraging people from alabama to get out to the ballot and vote for roy moore on december 12. if there was a theme to all of this, it simply was it's us versus them. >> many of you have recognized that this is an effort by mitch mcconnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of alabama and they will not stand for it. they overcame $30 million and
voted me in the primary and now they're trying a different tactic. i'll tell you who needs to step down. that's mitch mcconnell. >> reporter: moore also issued a blanket denial basically saying all accusation that is have become public are simply not true. he would not answer specific questions. >> a seventh woman coming forward with inappropriate conduct against former president george h.w. bush. a 55-year-old michigan woman. saying he grabbed her rear end during a photo op in 1992. her story is similar to those levelled by six other accusers, but this is the first incident that allegedly took place while the former president was in office. >> the senate finance committee af proving the $1.5 trillion
republican tax plan late last night passing by a 14-12 vote strictly along party lines. things became a bit heated leading up to the vote. republican chairman and democratic senator getting into a shouting match with brown questioning why the richest americans need tax cuts. >> i get kind of sick and tired of it. true, it's a nice political play. >> well, mr. chairman, i get sick and tired -- >> regular order. order. >> we do -- >> regular order. regular order. >> how many times do we do this? >> listen. i've honored you by allowing you to start off here. what you said was not right. that's all i'm saying. i come from the lower middle class originally. we didn't have anything. so don't spew in a stuthat stuf.
i get a little tired of that crap. let me say something. if we work together we can pull this country out of every mess it's in. >> now that is indeed true. the bill which includes the repeal of the original mandate of obamacare now heads to the senate nor where action is expected after the trangs giving break. >> that's the senate tax plan. it raises taxes on some american families. that's according to a brand new congressional study. all american the will get significant tax cuts but those decrease over time. in 2021 families earning $10,000 to $20,000 will pay more than if congress did nothing. by 2027 taxes increase for all americans making $75 or less. two reasons. individual tax cuts expire in 2025 and the repeal of obamacare's original mandate. this finds higher health care costs will wipe out tax savings.
the house passed its own tax reform bill yesterday. the house passed its own bill but will it make your home worth less. that's a concern of the national association of realtors. the nar warns that will lower home values for middle class americans. tax benefits ensen tivize behavior. the nar says homeowners shouldn't pay for corporate tax cuts with their home equity. that has been a powerful lobby that has been against this form of tax reform. >> now per the motion that individual tax cuts expire, corporate will not. corporations need long-term planning on a decades-basis, while individuals plan year to year and no politician is going to vote to raise taxes when those expire. >> you can't be sure -- look, i was talking to poppy about this
yesterday. the idea that you cosay well in ten years, don't worry, regular joe and jane, we'll extend your tax cuts, but companies, we're going to give you the certainty. >> they plan on a decade by decade basis, not year to year. if if you're going to build a $10 building you need long-term projections. >> true. >> we can debate this i think for the neck two hours. >> you're going to pay for the tks cuts but sun setting. you could argue the companies are doing better than average americans too. >> we will argue throughout the program. >> new jersey senator bob menendez breathing easy this morning after the judge declares a mistrial. how congress plans to take this up when the senators return to washington next. hi, i'm the internet! you know what's difficult?
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the jury reported a hopeless deadlock thursday and the judge declared a mistrial. he faced 18 counts of fraud and bribery. prosecutors claim his alleged coconspirator repeatedly bribed him in exchange for the senator's help in various disputes with the government. prosecutors did not immediately say whether they will retry him. after the mistrial was identi announced, mitch mcconnell calling for an investigation. >> 43-year-old homicide detective died thursday one day after being shot in the head. police say he was investigating a killing in west baltimore when gunned down. the detective was surrounded by his wife, children and officers when he died. authorities are offering rewards for information leading to the gunman's capture.
>> breaking overnight firefighters battling a fire in a nursing home. at least 20 people injured in the blaze in westchester, pennsylvania. officials say they believe none. injuries are life threatening. ohio university suspending the activities. they say 11 of the fraternities are under investigation for student conduct violations, most involving hazing and alcohol. the university calls that an unu unacceptably high number. another student death of overdrinking just this week in texas. >> sporting news. houston astros spark plug jose altuve and john carlos stanton are the most valuable players in major league baseball. altuve had 204 hits before
becoming an all star. his speed and power lifting atros to that title. aaron judge finishing second. stanton captured top honors. closest finish in 38 years. miami slugger who is on the trading block set team records of 59 home runs, 132 rbis in 2017. altuve, 5'6". >> trump administration signaling plans to reverse a ban on im reporting trophies on elephants in zimbabwe. until she got quickbooks. now she sends invoices, sees when they've been viewed and-ta-dah-paid twice as fast for free. visit quickbooks-dot-com.
breaking overnight iraqi forces have launched an operation to liberate the last town held by isis. the town is located in the eufreighties valley. about 40 miles from the syrian border. a few weeks ago they forced the militant group from the last major city in syria though pockets do remain in some areas. white house claims no final decision is made on whether to end a ban on importing elephant hunting trophies. this comes after the administration would allow importing remains. he said higher hunting permit revenue would allow those countries to improve the
conservation efforts. importing was banned by president obama in 2014. setting a drop in the african elephant population. we should note the president's son, don jr. and eric, as you can see, are big game huptsdsers. >> a woman speaking out against senator al franken saying he kissed her without her concept. some call for him to resign. hi, i'm mike ditka. and i'm johnny bench. and we've spent our whole lives around professional sports taking hits
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allegations. the president now weighing in with a tweet which is bound to raise questions about allegations in his own past. >> of course punting on roy moore. moore suffering a hit in the polls after eight women come forward with allegations against him. the white house now responding even as the president stays silent. >> with all due respect i get sick and tired -- >> regular order. order. >> in a shouting match in the senate as lawmakers battle it out over tax reform after a big house passage of tax reform, now you can see the fight begins. or continues in the senate. >> that's where the real battle lies ahead. >> it does. >> it's 30 minutes past the hour. both political parties this morning in damage control. dealing with sexual harassment turmoil. a parade of democrats joining calls for a full ethics investigation of al franken. the minnesota senator has
admitted to kissing and groping a woman without her consent in 2006 when he was still a comedian and talk show host. >> news anchor leeann tweeden franken wrote a skit where he was supposed to kisz h. kiss her. he wanted to rehearse that and she didn't want to. she spoke out last night. >> he just mashing his mouth to my lips, and, you know, like wet and he puts his tongue in my mouth and my reaction, it was just sort of a -- i pushed his chest away with my hands and i'm like, if if you ever do that to me again -- i was so angry. i was in disbelieve, really, and i just sort of -- to this day, i talk about it and my hand clenches into a first because i think my initial reaction was that i wanted to hit him. >> she talks about how he badgered her to practice the
skit. finally she said fine, fine we'll rehearse one to shut him um. franken later posed for this photo where he seems to globe her while she sleeps. >> so franken releasing two statements. first a brief apology, then later, this extended one saying in part, the first thing i want to do is apologize to lee ann, to everyone else part of that tour, to everyone worked for me and everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women. i respect women and i don't respect men who don't and the fact that my own actions have given people to doubt that makes me feel ashamed. >> lee ann tweeting calling it heart fult. >> i honestly do believe him. i wasn't waiting for an apology from him. but i gladly accept it. and thank you. >> so late last night, the
president weighed in on this, on the franken revolutions seeming to ignore both the roy moore allegations and the history of allegations against the president. remember all these women when the president was running for office. in a tweet, the president it writes this. the al frankenstein picture is really bad. speaks 1,000 words. where do his hands go in pictures 3, 4, 5, and 6? just last week he was lecturing about sexual harassment and women. lesley stahl question mark. >> it's a referral to franken joking about pitching a skit where he would drug and rape lesley stahl. >> despite sounding off on
franken, remaining silent on roy moore. >> president like to see that proven? >> look, i'm not going to get into and litigate back and forth, but the president's been clear that if any of these allegations are true, allegations that he takes very seriously, finds very troubling. if those do happen to be true, then he should do the right thing and step aside. >> what's the mechanism by which a president will be satisfied that the allegations are true? >> look, i don't think the president's laid out what the mechanisms are. >> eight women have now come forward accusing moore of unwanted advances when they were young, very young in h some cases or assault in teens and early 20's. those claims seeming to weigh on the prospects in the race. a new poll shows jones beating moore by eight points. moore is standing his ground.
>>reporter: christine and dave, he says he will quit standing when you a lay him in the box and put him in the ground. he said that during a very defiant news conference. he stood side by side with christian conservatives primarily from out of state. there were some 20 of them who spoke in favor of roy moore calling everything that has come out in the press as merely lies. they said this would not be moved, encouraging people from alabama to get out to the ballot and vote for him on december 12. if there was a theme to all of this, it simply was us versus them. >> many of you have recognized that this is an effort by mitch mcconnell and his cronies to steal this election from the people of alabama, and they will not stand for it. they overcame $30 million and
voted me in the primary, and now they're trying a different tactic. i'll tell you who needs to step down. that's mitch mcconnell. >> moore also issued a blanket denial basically saying all of the accusations that became public were simply not true. he would not answer specific reporter questions even as we followed him out of the room and multiple questions were shouted at him. >> thank you. seventh woman coming forward with an accusation of inappropriate conduct against former president george h.w. bush. she claims mr. bush grabbed her rear end during a photo op at a fundraiser for his reelection campaign in 1992. her story is similar to the ones levelled by six other accusers, but this is the first incident that allegedly took place while the former president was still in office. skreinvestigators are looki into the oil spill.
210,000 gallons are oil leaked thursday. about three miles from the town of am haers, south dakota. it cams days before officials in nebraska can forward. there are no signs affecting water ways or wildlife. the house has passed its version of a tax bill, an historic vote. no democrats backed the bill but the real fireworks were in the senate finance committee. the measure passed by a 14-12 vote strictly along party lines. republican chairman and democratic senator brown had a bit of a shouting match with brown questioning why the richest americans need tax cuts. >> i get kind of sick and tired of it. true, it's a nice political
play. >> well, mr. chairman. >> i get -- >> regular order. order. >> we do attack -- >> regular order. >> and over and over again. >> how many times do we do this. >> listen. i've honored you by allowing you to start off here. what you said was not right. that's all i'm saying. i come from the lower middle class originally. we didn't have anything. so don't spew that stuff on me. i get a little tired of that crap. and let me just say something. if you didn't -- if we've worked together we can pull this country out of every mess it's in. >> the bill, which includes a repeal of the individual mandate in obamacare now heads to the senate floor where action is expected after the thanksgiving break. the battle really lies ahead. >> absolutely. we should be clear.
this tax reform in et bo of these chambers is not meant to address income and equality, which is something here that the senator brown was talking about. it's meant to provide corporate tax relief and a simpler tax system overall. i don't think that is really affects' -- >> the argument is that growth, north of 4%, which they hope will impact income and equality and lift the lower middle class. >> something that the former treasury secretary says -- >> it is the argument. >> you're right. 39 minutes past the hour. mick mulvaney may soon run the watch dog agency he once tried to shut down. now he might be the person tapped by the president. he's the budget chief now. that's what an administration official tells cnn. he will still serve as omb director. the cfpb was created z as part of dodd-frank and the -- many
republicans think it's too aggressive claiming it oversteps its authority. something mulvaney thinks -- as a congressman he sponsored a bill to shut it down. now he's going to be running it i guess part-time with the other job. the first director will step down at the end of this month. he was appointed by former president obama in 2012. mulvaney will serve as until a permanent sele permanent director it found. >> they'll fight anyone too closely aligned with the financial industry. a lot of us watching to see what was going to happen because -- widely thought was going to have political aspirations of his own. >> run for governor. >> as a democrat in ohio. how does that tip the scales in a 2020 election, where populists in ohio would be needed to reelectric president trump. it's all fascinating. >> all right.
breaking out of east los angeles, two children killed in a multi car accident involving a vehicle from the los angeles sheriff's office. the lapd says five people hit on a street corner when a three-car collision sent the sheriff's car on to the sidewalk. one child killed at the scene, another died at the hospital. the two deputies involve the have been hospitalized.
officials believe the deputies lights and sierens were active t the time of the crash. >> bob menendez claiming vindication. a hopeless deadlock and the judge declared a mistrial. he faced 18 counts are fraud and bribery. it was claimed he was repeatedly bribed. prosecutors did not immediately say whether they'll seek to retry men then doendez but afte announced -- >> rolling out legislation to bolster background checks for gun buyers, ing measure is deny to go assure states and federal government upload all required information to the criminal background system. last week's mass shooting at a church prompted lawmakers to stiegt tighten that system. the shooter had been imprisoned
for domestic abuse, but the air force failed to report that information. if the gunman's conviction had been reported, he would have been barred from it buying his weapons. senate majority whip john cornyn of texas and chris murphy of connecticut are spear heading that. >> the search for the gunman who killed a police officer. police say he was investigating a killing in west baltimore when gunned down. detective was surrounded by his wife and five children and fellow officers when he died. authorities offering rewards totaling nearly $$170,000 for information leading to the capture. >> a five alarm fire at a nursing home. official the say at least 20 people injured in h westchester
pennsylvania. at least 140 people including residents and staff evacuate waited. >> ohio university suspending the activities of nearly all of its fraternities. they are under investigation for student conduct violations. it says most of those cases involve hazing. or alcohol. the university calls that an unacceptably high number. ohio state is the latest u.s. school to take action against greek organizations following incidents of hazing, misconduct, and student deaths. sports nude now houston astros jose altuve and stanton, most valuable players. altuve an all star for the fourth consecutive. aaron judge finished second.
in the national league stanton nearly edged down joey votto. it was the closest finish in 38 years. the miami slugger on the trading block had team records in 2017. >>. tesla has not worked out its production issues but the company is unveiling a brand new vehicle. the electric big rig getting a lot of buzz this morning. cnn "money" stream next.
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zimbabwe. the military takeover pushing out 93-year-old president robert mugabe was planned a long time ago. good morning to you, david. >>reporter: good morning, dave. yes, it really is a critical moment here in zimbabwe, everyone holding their breath. we were out on the streets to see the heavy military presence, they are clearly still in control, dave, but we're learning from opposition leaders that this situation, when they took control of the country, has been planned for some time. the plan by the sacked vice president who was presumably trying to figure out a way to take power but we're just learning that president mugabe, who is still president on paper at least is attending a graduation ceremony here in hir rarry. a strange wrinkle to this.
many would say because the military is on the streets but the president is staying put. you had the moment of these images released from statehouse of robert mugabe shaking the hands of the military who effectively have tried to depose him, all smiles there, real propaganda moment there released from state media but it does appear negotiations or ongoing. a source who was a very close direct knowledge with those negotiations saying that a deals with almost done. it was signed and delivered practically, but that robert mugabe really turned his back on that, and we don't know where these negotiations will be. everyone's holding their breath. >> not going quietly. david mckenzie live. thanks so much. breaking over night iraqi forces. operations began at sunrise in the a town located in the
euphrates province about 40 miles from the syria border. a militant group was forced from its last major city in syria though pockets of fighters do remain. >> the white house claims no final decision has been made on whether to end a ban on importing elephant hunting trophies why two african nations. this comes after they said the administration would allow importing remains of el faptss legally hunted in zimbabwe and zambia. he said higher hunting permit revenue would allow those countries to improve the conservation effort. importing elephant trophies was banned by president obama in 2014, citing a drop in the african elephant population. we should note the president's sons are big game hunters. this got a lot of attention yesterday. >> very much buzzed about.
and controversial. the argument is the money to help save the elephant population. that is of course a hunting argument. >> the flip side is that killing elephants is not nice. >> it's not over, clearly. today, rain in the u.s. heartland and snow in the mountain west chltd skiers happy. >> good friday morning. it's the weekend and it's looking fabulous across the east coast. dry conditions with blue skies overhead from boston to new york as well as washington. but look what's off in the distance. we do have a storm system that's bringing cold rainfall to michigan, parts of illinois and wisconsin. that system will move to the north and east. it will actually bypass the new england coast line but it's this storm you see developing across that's bringing rain today. that will slide eastward and allow for participation by the tail end of the weekend for the major coastal cities from
washington to philly, new york and boston for sunday. here's the chances of rain showers and snowfall. the we're going to be measuring in feet for the sierra nevada and cascade mountains. daytime highs 47 for new york, 53 for washington. back to you. >> thank you so much for that. let's get a check on cnn "money" stream. global stocks mixed after wall street had a nice rebound. u.s. stocks sored but not because the house passed that tax bill. there were some awesome earnings. dow stocks sisco and wal-mart. 11% to an all time high for wal-mart. i think it was the biggest rise in h like nine years, great sales both in stores and on line. digital sales grew 50%. watch out, amazon. the dow rose nearly 200 points snapping a two-day losing
streak. 21st century fox may be up for sale. both comcast and verizon approached fox. sources familiar with the talks told cnn. it comes ten days after news broke that disney sought the same assets. leaving fox to focus on news and sports. disney no longer in talks about fox. despite continued issues, tesla invade its electric big rig called the tesla semi. the truck can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds. oh, my gosh. ceo elon musk revealed it by riding it into an airport hangar. it can ride up to 500 miles with a full load. twice the distance of most trucking routes but far less than diesel. he did not give a price tag but says production starts in 2019.
>> i was eagerly waiting for the price tag on that to see if that would go 0 over. >> small detail. 60 miles an hour. "early start" continues right now with the latest allegations against al franken. 4 -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com ? my mind was reeling. i just wanted to rinse my mouth out. >> democratic senator al franken facing sexual harassment allegations. president now weighing in with a tweet bound to raise questions about allegations of his own past. alabama senate candidate roy moore suffering a hit in the polls after eight women come forward with allegations against him. white house now responding even as the president stays silent. with all due respect, i get sick and tired. >> regular order, mr. chairman. order. >> and a shouting match in the senate, as lawmakers bat